Presently, MANT has been working with District Administrations and various State Departments with technical support from the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and financial support from Bloomberg Philanthropy. It has already organised 6 District Level Sensitization Workshops which were duly attended by the concerned District Magistrates along with all concerned stakeholders. After the workshops were held 2 districts announced DLMC (Bankura and Cooch Behar) while 1 district notified DLCC (Howrah), while in Murshidabad and in Bankura the DLCC would be declared very soon as the pro-active facilitation is on. Howrah district has come up with memorandum to declare all the Government Offices as Smokefree BY 31st of May 2015. MANT is also instrumental for smokefree Sports Department Initiative. On 19th November, 2014 MANT organised a sensitization workshop for the Officials of the Sports Department and on 9th December, 2014 the said department declared all its offices spread across the state to be smoke-free. MANT also organised a series of Capacity Building Programmes for Police. It has covered Cooch Behar Police, Kolkata Police, Howrah City Police, Howrah Rural District Police, Bankura Police, Bidhannagar Police, Purulia Police and Murshidabad Police. Now, Howrah City Police and Bankura Police declared their police stations and their offices Smokefree. Howrah City Police initially sent informal notice (prepared in collaboration with MANT) to all public places and educational institutions and then they have been doing regular raids which results into the prosecution of more than 700 people and for that more than Rs. 1,25,000 as fine have been collected. Murshidabad Police and Howrah Rural District Police are otherwise ready to declare their offices/premises as smokefree and they will serve notice to all concerned before starting the raids. MANT has also met with DG, West Bengal Police to include tobacco control in Monthly Crime Review Meeting. The Honorable DG agreed to the proposal saying that necessary instructions will be aired in the video-conference along with the issuance of a formal order to be sent to all concerned to incorporate tobacco control in Monthly Crime Review Meeting. We have submitted a Proposal on the role of Police in Tobacco Control to the DIG-CID, West Bengal, the Nodal Officer of West Bengal Police in Tobacco Control.
MANT has been actively preparing research protocol for a multi-centred study on immediate impact of Gutkha Ban. It is also to be noted that MANT has also proposed to conduct GATS in Purulia, Bankura, Paschim Medinipur, Howrah and Kolkata to get district level prevalence data. MANT has already developed many advocacy materials like 3 posters (on section 4, 6A and 6B), 1 booklet on tobacco menace, translated the health workers guideline and Enforcers Guideline 2013 in Bengali, handbills, a set of flashcards on tobacco control, Audio-video presentations and Flash Movies as well as 3 street plays coupled with folk songs and being performed by the youths and adolescents by using the GATS 2009 data. MANT's another initiative Tobacco Free West Bengal Website is on its final stage of completion and is already in operation.